This coming Sunday the feast of St Martin is celebrated and sweet yeast loaves together with nuts, clementines, figs and more are given to children in bags brimming at the seams to signify the abundance and bounty of this glorious land.
Rather than the small loaves, we made one big one and Brian decorated it with liqorish sweets.
You will need:
400g plain flour
a pinch of salt
1 sachet dry yeast (11g)
50ml olive oil
half a pod vanilla
250ml lukewarm milk
a sprinkle of sesame seeds for the top pre-baking
1 tablespooon warm honey to glaze after baking
a handful of multi-colored liqorish sweets
Sift the flour and add the salt. Add the olive oil, dry yeast, sugar, stevia, vanilla and mix. Then add the luke warm milk and combine using a wooden spoon to make a sticky dough. Cover and leave to rise for 2 hours or leave overnight and you will find you will not need to knead the dough at all.
Then turn the dough out on to clean work surface (you shouldn’t need any flour) and punch out the air.
Now divide the mixture into the number of loaves that you would like. We made one large one instead of small ones.
Take each piece of dough and shape it into a round then roll it to form a smoothish round ball.
Arrange the loaf or loaves on a greased baking sheet. Leave to rise once more for an hour. The loaf should double in size again.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 20 minutes.
You can glaze the surface with some warm honey by using a brush.
When the loaf cools slightly, place the liquorish sweets neatly on the surface by poking them into the surface of the loaf.